Arab and Jewish women from unions, feminist and social movements stand Together Against Racism

Union women of Power to the Workers and MAAN, as well as dozens of women groups joined forces to call for a rolling strike of women against racism and violence. The protest centered on acts of violence which emerged in the backslash of the war, tearing apart communities especially in joint cities like Lod, Accre and Jaffa. 

The women called for a stoppage of work for one hour Sunday May 23rd. This important initiative took place as the cease fire between Israel And Hamas was announced. The war lasted 11 days caused hundreds of civilian casualties on both sides but mainly in Gaza – where thousands were injured and a major destruction of houses and infrastructure would eventually make life in Gaza even more difficult. Similarly in the West Bank and Jerusalem demonstrations of Palestinians erupted to protest the war the threat to evict Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarah, and police attacks in Al Aqsa.

While Hamas rockets where bombing Israeli cities, and Israeli war planes were attacking Gaza, scenes hardy seen before of communal violence between Arab and Jewish civilians in Israel took place. These attacks where no doubt fueled by Jewish supremacist vigilantes as well as Arab youth incited by irresponsible forces.

On this background the call of women to end this animosity is very significant.  The initiative to call for a symbolic one hour strike and picket lines in different parts of the country was initiated by the feminist forum of Power to the Workers union and many others like MAAN, Green Course (a leading green group), The New Israel Fund, Itach – Maaki women group, Standing Together, Sindyanna of Galilee, and many other organizations.

On Sunday May 23 many women – in private businesses, public institutions and in NPO’s took part in the strike. Two of the women who joined the protest in Haifa were Naama Ornai (Jewish) and Jasmine Athamaneh (Arab). Both of them are teachers in the bilingual kindergarten of the Hand in Hand Association in Haifa. Hand in Hand is a national private school network which educates children of Jewish and Arab children.  Naama and Jasmine are members of the workers’ committee of the Hand in Hand association organized by MAAN. These two women were also central in the negotiations that led recently to the signature of a new (second) collective Agreement.

MAAN Workers Association was proud to be part of this initiative which is the only sane solution for Jews and Arabs in this common land.  


The East Jerusalem Project

Significant Achievements of MAAN – Workers Association in Protecting Workers’ Rights

Since the outbreak of the war, MAAN – Workers Association has secured the labor rights, social security benefits, unemployment benefits, and support for work accidents for over 300 residents of East Jerusalem. This includes opening checkpoints and distributing food vouchers, translating to over 3 million NIS in benefits. Notably, over 40% of those who received assistance are women.

Palestinian Workers

The government’s decision to massively import overseas workers is social lawlessness, a disaster for both the economy and security. It must be revoked and Palestinians must be allowed to return to their jobs in Israel

Wednesday, May 15, the Israeli government approved a structural reform on employment of migrant workers where it allowed a ceiling of 330,000 overseas workers in the Israeli job market. MAAN sees this decision as a step that defies all economic logic, contradicts labor market planning, and opens the way to a dangerous expansion of human trafficking for labor purposes in Israel. In addition, the decision reflects complete disregard for the consequences of the continued halt in employment of Palestinians.

The East Jerusalem Project

Severe employment crisis in East Jerusalem ahead of Ramadan

On the eve of Ramadan, Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem are facing an economic and social crisis exacerbated by a 7.6 per cent increase in unemployment since the outbreak of the war. Despite the crisis, the government is severely undermining its own five-year plan for East Jerusalem. MAAN Workers Association (hence MAAN) calls on the mayor and the incoming city council to secure budgets to reduce socio-economic gaps in the city.

Palestinian Workers

MAAN and Kav Laoved write to Immigration and Population Authority and demand to reserve a place in the quota for Palestinian workers with a permit who resigned/fired during the “Iron Swords” war

The two workers’ rights groups wrote on Feb. 13 to Mr. Moshe Nakash the head of the Immigration and Population Authority and demanded that special measures will be taken to alleviate the suffering of Palestinian workers and also to enable Israeli employers to overcome the crisis and keep their experienced workers.


אנא כתבו את שמכם המלא, טלפון ותיאור קצר של נושא הפנייה, ונציג\ה של מען יחזרו אליכם בהקדם האפשרי.

رجاءً اكتبوا اسمكم الكامل، الهاتف، ووصف قصير حول موضوع توجهكم، ومندوب عن نقابة معًا سيعاود الاتصال بكم لاحقًا

As an organization committed to the rights of workers without distinction of religion, race, nationality, gender, or profession - democracy is our essence. We strongly oppose the authoritarian laws that the extreme government of Netanyahu, Lapid, Bennett, and Smotrich is attempting to impose.

Without democracy, there are no workers' rights, just as a workers' organization cannot exist under dictatorship.

only a victory of the democratic camp will enable a discussion on the Palestinian issue and lead to an alternative solution to occupation and apartheid while ensuring human rights and citizenship for all, Israelis and Palestinians alike. As long as the apartheid regime persists, the democratic camp will not succeed in defeating Israeli extremists. Therefore, we work to involve the Arab and Palestinian society in the protest.

We invite you:

To march with us in protests and to build an alternative, democratic, Jewish-Arab professional union in Israel. Join our quiet WhatsApp group today, "Marching with us in protest."

To join MAAN and unite workers in your workplace. Read here how to join the organization.

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